Feklistova Island

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The Shantar Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk.

Feklistova or Feklistov Island (Остров Феклистова; Ostrov Feklistova) is one of the Shantar Islands in Sea of Okhotsk. With an area of 372 km², it is the second largest in the archipelago.

Feklistova lies about 20 km to the west of Bolshoy Shantar Island, the main island in the group. Feklistov Island is covered with taiga forest and has a 3 km long lake in its northern shore separated from the sea by a landspit.

Administratively this island belongs to the Khabarovsk Krai of the Russian Federation.

This island is part of the "Kondyor-Feklistov metallogenic belt" (KD) owing to the presence of placers [1] which include minerals like "blacksand platinum".[2] The "Kondyor-Feklistov metallogenic belt" is one of the major metallogenic belts of Northeast Asia. It is assumed that it formed by an oblique subduction of the oceanic crust of the Mongol-Okhotsk paleoocean under the southern margin of the Siberian continent.

History[edit]

Between 1853 and 1866, American whaleships anchored in a harbor on the south side of the island to obtain wood and water, flense whales, stow down or boil oil, or send out smaller whaleboats to search for bowhead whales. They referred to the anchorage itself as Feklistova Harbor (variously spelled Felixstove, Felikstoff, etc.), and the wider area as Bloomer Bay.[3] The ship Lexington, of Nantucket, reported sixteen other whaleships anchored in Feklistova Harbor, of which five were boiling oil; seven more were seen coming in.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placer on Feklistov Island
  2. ^ Platinum
  3. ^ Harrison, of New Bedford, August 30-September 1, September 4-11, 1853, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); William Wirt, of New Bedford, July 27, August 6-8, 19-24, 1855, NWC; Onward, of New Bedford, October 5-10, 1856, NWC; Daniel Wood, of New Bedford, September 23, 1857, NWC; Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, August 14-19, 1859, NWC; Navy, of New Bedford, August 8, 11-14, 1861, Kendall Whaling Museum (KWM); Cicero, of New Bedford, September 15-17, 1862, September 20-25, 1863, KWM; Josephine, of New Bedford, September 18-25, 1864, September 29-30, 1865, KWM; Java, of New Bedford, September 28-October 5, 1865, September 23-25, 1866, NWC.
  4. ^ Lexington, of Nantucket, September 1, 1855, G.W. Blunt White Library.

Coordinates: 55°0′N 136°57′E / 55.000°N 136.950°E / 55.000; 136.950